54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 20

Day 20

“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” (Lk 1:28). The archangel Gabriel proclaimed Our Lady “full of grace.”  The New Oxford American Dictionary defines full as: “containing or holding as much as possible.” The Blessed Virgin Mary contained as much grace as any human being could hold. She was full of grace because she was open to the movement of God. She was predisposed to grace due to her being conceived from the first moment of her conception without any stain of sin. Our Lady had more room, to hold more grace. We who are born in original sin need to be purified of sin, wether personal or original, and it’s effects in our lives. The Baltimore Catechism defines grace as: “a supernatural gift of God bestowed on us, through the merits of Jesus Christ, for our salvation.” I have always though of grace as a touch of God. Any time one is touched by God, his life is effected, changed. A true touch of grace moves the soul to become more conformed to God’s will. A life lived according to God’s Commands, and conformed to His holy will. We have so many opportunities to receive grace. Every moment is a moment of grace is we are open. And every grace missed is a grace that we can never recover. Through the Sacraments, prayer, and sacrifice we open our souls to God’s touch in our daily lives.

Quotes:

The path of virtue is painful to nature when left to itself; but nature, assisted by grace, finds it easy and agreeable. – Ven. Louis de Granada

The greatest security we can have in this world that we are in the grace of God, does not consist in the feelings that we have of love to Him, but rather in an irrevocable abandonment of our whole being into His hands, and in a firm resolution never to consent to any sin great or small. –Saint Francis of Sales

Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace. – Saint Benedict

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases. – St. Rose of Lima

“I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was open wide for every soul.  In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.” (Diary of St. Faustina – 1572)

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.

In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!

Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

The Agony in the Garden – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Scourging at the Pillar – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crowning with Thorns – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with  a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Carrying of the Cross – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of patience in adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crucifixion – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of love of our enemies and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Say: The Hail Holy Queen.

In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …

Intentions:

For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)

54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 19

 

Day 19

There is so much in our world to be anxious about, but we have Jesus Christ and we ought to be people of joy. That doesn’t mean we run around like some plastic statue with a fake smile on our face. We can be joyful in the gifts that God allows to come our way. But Christian joy is not having fulfillment in things of this earth. Our joy is connected to hope. “Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Rm 12:12). And what is our hope? “Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” “The Holy Spirit . . . he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1817). True joy is knowing that when we close our eyes to this life there is something beyond the veil. For us it is hope, because we have not yet seen heaven – what we see is through faith. Even in the midst of suffering, temptation, and trial we can have joy because we know there is more to life than our temporary “vale of tears.” What awaits us is the fulfillment of all our longing. Job remained faithful to God, even in the most severe trials because he had hope, and in his hope was joy. The Catechism says that we can have joy “joy in leading a morally good life” (CCC 1804). Because it is in living God’s law that we have hope of eternal life. The good and faithful servant knows that he will receive his Master’s reward.

Quotes:

Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. – St. David of Wales

The works of penance abound in such delights and joys that once they have been tasted, nothing will ever again root them out of the soul…. Only the first steps are difficult for those who eagerly choose this path. – St. John Vianney

If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.  St. Katharine Drexel

The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty. – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

I die with joy, for I desire to be united to my God. Live so as not to fear death. For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening, but sweet and precious. – St. Rose of Viterbo

If you have no earthly consolation, why do you not seek consolation in the Heart of Jesus? To love him is truest joy. – St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.

In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, snow white buds to remind thee of thy joys, each bud recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee, thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!

Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

The Annunciation – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Visitation – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Nativity – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of detachment from the world and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Presentation – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of purity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of obedience to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Say: The Hail Holy Queen.

In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …

Intentions:

For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)

An Evening of Mercy

August 4th

6:30 pm

 
Fr. David Gunter

Fr. David Gunter

Fr. David Gunter, MIC, will give a presentation to inspire greater understanding, faith, and hope in the message of the Divine Mercy by unlocking the mysteries of the Divine Mercy image. See how the Divine Mercy image reveals something special about the coming triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

A healing service will follow the presentation.

 

54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 18

Day 18

Time is elusive. Today, we complete the second 9 days of petition in our 54 Day Rosary Novena. It is the same with life. Life slips though our fingers like like a fist full of sand. Where does time go? It is something that none of us can recover. This is why we hold every day, every hour, ever moment for what they are, an irreplaceable gift of God. Time is a gift that we have been given. “ But of that day and hour no one knows” (Mt 24:36). Non of us knows the time of his returning to God. One must live as if this were our very last day on earth. Make a frequent Confession. Spend quality time in prayer each day. Participate in in the Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion as frequently as possible. Spend each day drawing closer to the heart of Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. Strive to receive and accept every grace that come from on high before your time to receive His grace has past.

Quotes:

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. – Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman

Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you. – St. Augustine of Hippo

You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all. – St. Therese of Lisieux

The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day. – St. Gianna Molla

The Eucharist is the secret of my day.  It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the world. – Pope Saint John Paul II

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.

In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!

Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

For each of the following Mysteries, say: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

The Resurrection – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Ascension – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Assumption of Mary – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Coronation of the Blessed Mother – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Say: The Hail Holy Queen.

In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …

Intentions:

For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)